Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.


First: Jonah - The Lord sends Jonah to preach in Nineveh - the people were converted and God repented and did not inflict on them the disaster he had threatened.

Psalm: 24 - Lord make me know your ways / Remember your mercy Lord / The Lord is good and upright.

Second: I Corinthians 7 - Our time is growing short ... the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel: Mark - Jesus calls the fishermen Simon and Andrew, and James and John - to follow him.


God teaches us his ways.   Come, follow me.   Jesus teaching repentance, as Jonah did.

Suggested free-use hymns

All Creatures of Our God and King

Come Let us to the Lord our God

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee

O Jesus I Have Promised

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above

Take up Your Cross and Follow Me (public domain in the USA)

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

When Christ our Lord to Andrew Cried

Suggested hymns that are or may be still copyright

By Name I Have Called You - Landry

Christ is the World's Light - Pratt-Green

Follow Me - Fishel

I am the Light of the World - Gaither

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light - Kathleen Thomerson

Jesus Christ Is Waiting - Song of Iona - Bell

New Songs of Celebration Render - Erik Routley (1972)

Two Fishermen - Toolan

The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me) -  Bell

You Walk Along Our Shoreline - Dunstan

Other suggestions are welcome - please leave a comment below.

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